Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos: A Season to Remember

Mark FischerContributor IIJanuary 10, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos directs the offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Steelers 29-23 in overtime of their AFC Wild Card Playoff game.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Call it luck, call it skill.

Fact of the matter, though, is that Tim Tebow is clearly working wonders for the Mile High City.

Tebow has taken a mediocre Denver Broncos football squad to the AFC divisional playoff round, landing a date with the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots.

Often scrutinized for having no throwing game, Tebow subsequently silenced the critics. In the biggest game of his young professional career thus far, he threw for 316 passing yards on just 10 passes. He beat out his counterpart, Ben Roethlisberger, by 27 yards.

Though the odds of the Broncos beating the Patriots next week at Gillette Stadium, where the Pats' went 7-1 during the regular season, are slim to none, the Broncos organization and fans should have reasons to be proud and even stoked for the future of this franchise.

After five years without postseason action, the Broncos' faithful have been craving playoff football. They've got what they desired—in rather dramatic fashion, to say the least.

After former quarterback Kyle Orton led the Broncos to a rather embarrassing 1-4 start, he was quickly relieved of his duties. When it looked as if a below-.500 season was in the works, Tim Tebow, who wears his religion on his sleeve—literally—brought the Broncos out of the gutter.

Fourth-quarter comeback after fourth-quarter comeback. It just never seemed to end.

The Broncos finished the season at just 8-8, where they found themselves in a three-way tie for first with the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers. However, the Broncos won the tiebreaker due to having the best win-lost-tied percentage with the other AFC teams.


They were matched up against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Round. The Broncos caught a fortunate break, as the Steelers' roster was depleted by injuries to Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Clark, among others.

After the Steelers jumped out to a quick lead, the Broncos came back and had the Steelers hanging by a thread in the fourth quarter. Despite giving up the lead late, due to an untimely fumble, the Broncos displayed their unfazed-no-matter-what qualities.

Just 11 seconds into overtime, Tebow—the hero once again—hooked up with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown pass.

The Broncos sent home the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers in dramatic fashion.

Do Tim Tebow and his band of over-achievers have enough magic left in the tank to reach Indianapolis come February 5th?